Calls for action following a third major incident

CORDONED OFF Police investigate after the accident in Privett Road '''          Picture: Allan Hutchings (132427-480)
CORDONED OFF Police investigate after the accident in Privett Road ''' Picture: Allan Hutchings (132427-480)

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RESIDENTS are calling for action after a third serious accident on the same stretch of a busy road in the past year and a half.

A 79-year-old man is in a serious but stable condition after being knocked off his bike in a hit-and-run accident in Privett Road, Gosport.

But people living near the scene have told how 94-year-old Arthur Shaw died on New Year’s Day this year after he was hit by a car and a car ended on its roof in another incident in 2012.

Kerry Harvey, 43, lives across from where the latest accident happened, and she said: ‘I was watching TV in the front room and heard this awful, loud crunching noise.

‘I ran out into the street and there were already some other people with him.

‘I was helping hold his head but we were worried he was slipping away. Fortunately the ambulance was there very quickly and we let them take over.’

She added: ‘Cars go along there quite fast, especially in the evening.

‘This is the third thing that’s happened there in about 18 months – I think that traffic island there is causing more accidents than it’s saving.

‘It was a nice idea but it’s not in the right place – the road isn’t wide enough at that point. It can be quite dangerous.’

And a neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: ‘We’ve lived here for quite some years and there have never been any accidents, but now this is the second similar thing in a fairly quick time.

‘The traffic island should be moved. There’s a bus stop there too, and there’s just too much going on.

‘It is a very busy road and people go up here very fast.

‘It is dangerous.’

A 31-year-old man from Gosport was arrested at his home yesterday
 morning in connection with this week’s incident.

He was taken into custody where he was interviewed by officers.

The arrest follows the incident at 6.50pm on Wednesday on Privett Road close to the junction with The Chase.

The cyclist is in the neurological intensive care unit of Southampton General Hospital, where his condition is described as serious but stable.

Officers from the Roads Policing Unit investigating the collision are still appealing for witnesses to contact them.

The driver’s car was described as purple.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and ask for Sergeant Andy Lynch, quoting Operation Clouded.